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Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a serious condition that affects parents across the globe and Israeli researchers have found that it may be linked to sleep.
According to Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Sleep Laboratory doctors should be asking questions about a child's sleeping before prescribing drugs to treat the condition.
According to researcher Dr Giora Pillar of the Technion Faculty of Medicine, children diagnosed with ADHD may actually be just sleepy and their actions are conducted to keep them awake.
“Sleepy children, unlike sleepy adults, may demonstrate hyperactivity and attention-deficit behaviour rather than excessive daytime sleepiness,” Dr Pillar said. "This theory is supported by parental reports that children, when extremely tired, tend to be cranky, overactive, angry and aggressive.”
The research was based on studying 66 children, who had an average age of 12.
By improving sleeping and removing caffeine from their diet, the researchers suggest that children may well improve their behaviour and avoid the need to take medication to control their condition.
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